Credit: REFBC

Majority of B.C. residents want ALR used for farming: report

British Columbians are passionate foodies, increasingly interested in the origin of what lands on their plate and strong supporters of the Agricultural Land Reserve. But nobody really knows how much of the food we enjoy in this province is actually produced here. That’s one of the key findings of Growing Progress: Taking A Snapshot of Local and Sustainable Food Systems in BC, a new Real Estate Foundation of BC (REFBC) report that examines how close we’re getting to a future in which land throughout the province is protected and enhanced to support thriving, local, sustainable food systems.

In a 2014 public opinion poll, the REFBC found overwhelming support for protection of the Agricultural Land Reserve. When asked which land uses British Columbia should prioritize, 81 percent of respondents identified “farming and growing food.”

ChartREFBCGrowing Progress is the third in a trio of REFBC reports that examine key interest areas the organization regards as central to thriving and healthy communities, ecosystems and economies.

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